Review of Secret World Live

Billboard


Album - September 24, 1994

Gabriel's choice of material for this double-disc live set is predictably skewed towards his groundbreaking "So" and "US" albums -- his only studio issues since the last live Gabriel collection. While performances of 'Steam' and 'Sledgehammer' elaborate only a bit on studio versions, other tracks, like 'In Your Eyes' are considerably fleshed out. There are other goodies too -- such as instrumental 'Across the River' and anthem 'Solsbury Hill.' A worthy compendium of Gabriel's second decade as a solo artist.


Video - October 1, 1994

A dramatic light show, Gabriel's keenly focused centerstage manner and a terrific band and guest artists make this concert film, recorded in January during a tour stop in Modena, Italy, a first rate affair. The bulk of the material is culled from Gabriel's most recent two albums, "US" (show opener 'Come Talk To Me', 'Steam', 'Digging In The Dirt', 'Blood of Eden', and more) and "So" ('In Your Eyes' with guest artist Papa Wemba, 'Sledgehammer', 'Don't Give Up'). The video also includes 'Across the River' from the WOMAD album, 'Rhythms Of The World', 'Shaking The Tree' and a mesmerizing instrumental version of 'Slow Maribas'. Dramatically different.


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